A house is not a home without a dog and welcoming a new dog home is a fun and exciting time for the whole family. Whether you are a seasoned dog owner, or this is your first pet, there are specific things to consider ensuring your new dog’s first few days in their new home go as smoothly – and as fun! – as possible. Here are a few ways that you can prepare for the arrival of your new canine companion.

Ensure that you’ve got the essentials

Like a child, a dog has its own special requirements. While the diamante collar and fetching cable knit sweater could wait a few weeks, there are specific pieces of equipment that you will want on hand as soon as your dog arrives at your home. A basic collar, harness and lead, for instance, for better control of your dog while out walking, as well as food and water bowls and a comfortable bed. Make sure that you have the appropriate food for your dog’s age and breed. You will want to make sure that you have got a few fun toys around – playing can help to reduce a dog’s anxiety in a new and stressful situation and helps them to form a bond with their new owner.

Offer lots of reassurance

Like humans, dogs can experience anxiety, which can manifest in undesirable behaviors such as consistent barking, soiling the carpet, and attempted escape. Though a happy occasion, moving to their forever home can initially be stressful for a dog. The new environment holds a lot of new sights, smells, and people to get used to, the dog is able to sense your heightened emotions. To make the transition to a new home less anxious for your dog, make sure that you offer plenty of reassurance and treats, perhaps with calming CBD infused dog treats. Provide a safe space in your home for your dog to hide in when things become too overwhelming, such as a cage covered with a blanket. If your dog is continuing to display signs of anxiety, make sure you consult your veterinarian for further advice.

Organize a consultation with a veterinarian

Signing your new dog up to a trusted veterinarian is one of the most important things to do to make sure that your pet remains in the best of health. Most veterinarians offer an initial consultation, an essential source of information if you are a first-time dog owner.  This will flag up any underlying health conditions your dog may potentially suffer from, particularly any breed-specific conditions. The vet will offer you advice on the right diet and amount of exercise for the age and breed of your dog, they will also be providing any inoculations and anti-parasite treatments. If your dog is a puppy, or has not previously had these done, he might be given a microchip, to help track him down should he go missing, and be spayed or neutered.

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